When you ask residents of Las Vegas which pest they dread the most the answer most of the time is scorpions. The two most common scorpions in Nevada are desert scorpions and bark scorpions – the bark scorpion is the main problem around the Las Vegas Valley.


Bark scorpions hide during the heat of the day, typically under rocks, wood piles, or tree bark. Bark scorpions do not burrow, and are commonly found in homes, requiring only 1/16 of an inch for entry.  An interesting trait of the scorpion is they become fluorescent under ultraviolet lights such as blacklights. This is used by many pest control experts to find these pests and eliminate them.


They are easily recognized with eight legs, oversized claws and stinger-armed tails. They usually feed on small insects. Since they are small and blend with landscaping they can be missed and accidentally stepped on – so it is advised to wear shoes at all times. The popularity of irrigated lawns, and other systems which increase environmental humidity in residential areas, has led to a massive increase in the number of these pests.


A scorpion sting is painful - swelling will most likely occur along with numbness and tingling at the site of the sting. You can bring down the swelling with ice and hydrocortisone or an antihistamine can relive itching and swelling. Please note the vast majority of scorpions cannot harm humans with their venom however the bark scorpion is the main problem pest because their stings - for some individuals a sting from a bark scorpion could be deadly if not treated.


They are not native to the region – arriving here on palm trees and other desert landscaping. If you do find an infestation of scorpions you should call a licensed professional pest management company to evaluate and treat the problem.


GLOBAL PEST SERVICES in Las Vegas is a licensed pest control company that is qualified to handle all your pest elimination needs including stinging insects.  Call our office at 702-657-0091 or go to our web site- to speak with us for all your pest control needs.  Get a quote now!


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